I know what you were thinking this morning. No, not because I’m psychic, but because Disney has secretly installed microphones in your MagicBands via the CIA and I have the pure joy of listening to all of your conversations. “Boy, I hope Josh runs a Hollywood Studios menu update today because I really care if the price of a hot dog went up 20 cents or 30 cents.” Well, friend, it’s your lucky day because that’s exactly what this post is about.
We’ll start just inside the Studios’ entrance and move our way around the Park clockwise. Try not to get too excited.
Regular fountain drinks have gone up a dime to $2.69. The price of a 20-ounce “smartwater” had its price jacked up 50 cents to the relatively insane $4.00, while the price of a Dasani has stayed the same. Also the same price are the Mickey Bars, fruit, granola bars, California trail mixes, iced coffee drinks, espresso, cappuccinos, chocolate chip cookies, and milk. The muffins, pastries, and cinnamon rolls are still available, even though they aren’t listed on the menu.
As an aside, this is the same day as our Animal Kingdom morning, where we left in the middle of the afternoon with a 15-minute wait at Expedition Everest and a 10-minute wait at Kilimanjaro Safaris. Hollywood Studios was “not recommended” on this website and a “Best Park” over at TouringPlans. Considering the much lower overall crowd level this week, these wait times are not particularly outstanding, especially considering how dead Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom were.
Studios had been recommended on Tuesdays earlier in the month, but with the 6pm close on Wednesday, proved to be significantly busier on the Tuesday and Thursday surrounding it. Sometimes your data from 2010 can’t account for such abnormalities.
Moving on to the popcorn stands around the Sorcerer’s Hat.
Another on the opposite side.
The Nachos are just a bag of Tostitos with a cup of cheese sauce.
This time with almonds and pecans.
Great Movie Ride continues seeing longer wait times with the extended queue in use. The posted wait was 25 minutes, which is about 20 minutes longer than I’m willing to wait.
At the Great Movie Ride exit, you’ll run into this stand.
Peevy’s Polar Pipeline is in kind of an odd location on the opposite side of Keystone Clothiers (or whatever that store is called) on Hollywood Boulevard.
Frozen drink pricing is the same. Strawberry replaces Watermelon. Thanks Obama. The pickle and most of the fruit items are the same price, thank goodness.
You may remember the Hollywood & Vine lunch from a couple weeks ago. Dinner, which is sans characters, is actually $4 cheaper for adults.
It would be among the last places I’d choose to have dinner, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping 50+ people from waiting outside. Poor tourists.
50′s Prime Time:
I’m not sure if the souvenir glass is new, but with an upcharge of “only” $4.79, it might be nice to take home. A recent review is available here.
The best kiosk.
It’d be fun if it offered something unique, but it’s just the usual suspects in the afternoon.
Min & Bill’s Dockside Diner was closed.
The menu items are still the same, though the Frankfurter now runs $8.19.
Oasis Canteen to the right of Indiana Jones.
Apparently Disney realized eight bucks for a funnel cake is already crazy and pricing hasn’t been raised on those items, the floats, or the Bud. You can bring your cake into Indiana Jones. I would really hate to be on powdered sugar cleanup duty.
The menu was the same as the last time we checked in, but the $15 and $17 entrees are bordering on reasonable for a “signature restaurant.” A recent review is available here.
It’s be nice to see an expanded lunch menu.
Backlot Express is home to air-conditioning and free refills on those fountain beverages.
The burgers here and at ABC Commissary now advertise the horseradish sauce. For a company that seems to do everything it can to reduce the flavor of its quick service items, it’s kind of surprising to see them offer a sauce that may scare some people off. Pricing is otherwise the same on the burgers, regular nuggets, cantaloupe salad, and grilled vegetable sandwich. Pricing on other items is up 20 or 30 cents, but nothing is new.
I wonder how many kids’ grilled vegetable sandwiches they sell…to kids.
Your free-refill fountain beverage will cost you an extra 20 cents and the ridiculous souvenir cups are now a menu mainstay.
Is there really anything in this world better than Sutter Home Merlot? And Disney didn’t even raise the price! The Chocolate Mousse takes the place of the Marble Cheesecake, unfortunately.
An extra $6.50 for McQueen.
Ice cream across from Star Tours.
20 minutes longer than it would be on the most-recommended Wednesday.
ABC Commissary is often cited as one of the worst quick services on property. The menu received an overhaul last year and I’m not sure it’s necessarily fair to continue the hate. Here’s what’s available:
Pricing on most items has remained the same, while the Bacon Cheeseburger is 60 cents more expensive. The McQueen Bucket is available here for the first time, in addition to the souvenir cup.
Your Large fountain beverage is 20 cents more expensive.
The couscous salad with salmon is actually pretty good.
As is the Asian Salad with Chicken. And the items are easily customizable if you want a plain salad or just the shrimp on the platter. Disney usually doesn’t offer those options on the menu, even if they can make substitutions should you inquire.
For potentially just a couple dollars more than a quick service burger, you can enjoy a relaxing meal at Sci-Fi. The food is not outstanding, but you could do worse. It’s generally best to stick with the less expensive items if you’re paying out of pocket. This is not a steakhouse.
It’s nice to see some excellent craft beers on the menu, including the 9% ABV Dogfish and the Bear Republic IPA. A recent review is available here.
Some decent options for the kids too.
Writer’s Stop is often overlooked because it sits in a discreet spot to the left of Sci-Fi:
Larger: http://www.easywdw.com/reports9/write2.jpg. The Carrot Cake Cookies are a cult favorite.
I’m not sure if Muppet Vision 3D is the dumbest use of a FastPass+ experience, but it’s pretty close.
Over the summer, Pizza Planet was using this entrance. If you were to try and get in line from the arcade section inside, you’d be met with chains and an “exit” sign. So you might want to head through here or you risk having to exit and re-enter. WHICH WOULD BE THE END OF THE WORLD.
All entrees are 20 cents more expensive. You can opt to skip the salad or chips to save $2 or you can sub the chips that come with the salad by default.
Same as before.
The souvenir cup is kind of fun for an extra two bucks.
I gave the Antipasto Salad a whirl.
It was actually pretty good. While it might look skimpy on the salami, there were four or five pieces stuck together in each clump, in addition to the pepperoni, cherry tomatoes, and mozzarella. There were not a lot of olives, which was fine with me because I don’t really like them, but I’m not sure you should order expecting to see some chunky full size olives mixed in. It’s just a couple very small pieces.
It was a nice, potentially lighter option. I’m not sure what the fat content would be from the pepperoni/salami, but the dressing isn’t going to add a lot of calories.
For about $3 more than Pizza Planet, you can get a much larger, better flatbread pizza here.
And the kids can get in on the chicken parm.
They say Muppet Labs, but I think they really mean Disney.
Herbie’s sits near the entrance to Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show. Herb usually closes shortly after the last Lights, Motors show, so don’t plan to visit after 5:30pm most days.
The menu was recently expanded to include some heartier options, including the nachos and bread cone.
It’s just like a real city.
Another waste of a FastPass+ at the torture that is Lights, Motors during the summer. I wish they would run a nighttime show from time to time. Then you can suffer in 85 degrees temps and 100% humidity instead of 91 degrees and 80% humidity.
They didn’t even bother making unique FastPass+ scanners. These are the same as Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
Pretzel Garden is another kiosk that opens later and closes earlier than most other spots. It should be open from 11am – 5:30pm or so, but may not open at all in low crowds.
Pretzel prices haven’t gone up, but the Churro will cost you an extra 25 cents.
Studio Catering Co. may be the only major quick service that usually closes just in time for dinner.
The Sloppy Joe is now a permanent addition to the menu. Entree prices are 20 cents more expensive and the Buffalo Chicken now leads with “Spicy.” It really isn’t, but “Buffalo” may not be a synonym for spicy in some places.
This is the old presentation on a roll – it’s now served on a hamburger bun. It was not particularly outstanding in my opinion
The Grilled Vegetable is 20 cents more expensive, while the Greek Salad remains the same price. The price of the Smucker’s Uncrustables has gone down 50 cents, if you can believe that and the Power Pack comes with an Apple-Cinnamon Snack Bar in place of the cookie by default. Mickey rejoices at your healthy choices.
The Banana Parfait and Vanilla Cake replace the Marble Cheesecake and Chocolate Fudge Cake.
It’s hard to imagine Disney getting rid of Studio Backlot Tour, which has a full queue that stretches back to the entrance. Sure, it’s lousy, but these people apparently have no idea. And it’s not like there’s anything else to do.
Cool Set Productions sits out front.
More of the same.
The scene outside Toy Story with a 75 minute wait.
Hey Howdy Hey is the cart across from Toy Story.
Another opportunity to grab a quick frozen beverage. I mean a Wheezy Breezy Freezy. There’s rarely a line and it’s open daily, unlike Peevy’s.
When Starring Rolls says they close at 4pm, they aren’t kidding. It was 4:02pm and the doors were already shut. We’ll revisit. Sweet Spells is another often-overlooked-destination.
Think Main Street Confectionery:
Disney is apparently going into the single strawberry business. How many times a day do you think they hear, “Two small strawberries, please.” About as many times as a seven-year-old orders a half vegetable sandwich.
These $14.95 Mike Cake Pops are totes cyut.
Things continue to deteriorate at Villains in Vogue as Vinylmation has moved in.
Anaheim Produce is the first piece of Sunset Ranch Market you’ll encounter.
I’ve read that the Orange Bird Cups won’t make it through a dishwasher cycle and haven’t picked one up for that reason. It would be a pretty sweet scotch sippy cup.
The margaritas are actually pretty classy here, particularly before 11am. They’re served with a (optional) salted rim and lime wedge.
Or you can go the healthy route.
Mickey cries every time someone orders a red delicious waxed instead of a margarita.
The Black Bean Burger replaces the Vegetable Burger and the same deserts as Studio Catering are also available here.
Another opportunity for a pizza. Sunset Ranch Market is typically open from Park open through close, which is rarer than you might imagine at Hollywood Studios. This is on Sunset Boulevard right across the street from the entrance to Fantasmic. Lines tend to be longer after 7pm when the other quick services begin to close.
Fairfax Fare is the most popular outlet at the Market. It also serves breakfast.
The barbecue items are mostly the same price as before, with the exception of the pork sandwich, which is 20 cents more expensive. Unlike Cosmic Ray’s, which only offers the ribs after 11am, Fairfax serves the $15.19 combo for lunch too. That makes this an excellent value on the Dining Plan. Turkey Legs are available here when Toluca Legs Turkey Co. is closed.
Hollywood Scoops was slammed in the heat of the afternoon, to the point where I couldn’t even get a clear shot of the menu. You get what you pay for.
But that’s what’s on it. The Apple Crisp and Brownie Sundae are not snack credits on the Dining Plan.
Heading over to the courtyard outside Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster.
If you’re looking for simple soft serve or potentially a healthier smoothie, KRNR often has a shorter wait.
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So that’s what’s available to eat at Hollywood Studios these days.